Nintendo Direct Tomorrow! (April 17th)

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So it would seem that Nintendo is holding another “Nintendo Direct” show tomorrow and will be featuring the 3DS! I for one am extremely excited about this development because the 3ds is a system that is just hemorrhaging games at the moment. Nintendo is certainly using this momentum to increase sales and to announce hopefully some updates on Animal Crossing or Donkey Kong as they are set to release in the next couple months (donkey kong = may 24th; AC = June 9th). Speculation would lead one to believe they could announce some new virtual console games or even (although less likely) a new game for the system itself. More to come tomorrow but it’s always fun to talk about the “could be’s” of gaming.

Normally I’d ask to comment, and still encourage it, but I’ll post the details of the show tomorrow, eliminating the need for speculation after that time.

Thanks for your time, and it’s good to be back!

James.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: 3DS or Wii-U?

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Monster Hunter 3 Releases tomorrow, and the one question I personally wonder is:”What console will I buy it for if at all?” I will look at it from three different angles: price, control, and multiplayer ability. Also keep in mind that I’m assuming you have both consoles to play them on, unless you think this game is worth a console purchase.

Price: We all know that the 3ds game is cheaper, at $39.99 over the Wii-U’s $59.99. However, the 3ds also has the option of getting the circle pad pro for improved controls, a $25 difference (at least in local stores, online may be cheaper, sorry i haven’t checked). As far as gameplay goes, the two are identical, so the price per content stays the same here.

Control: So according to several sources, and also trying the demos of both versions myself, controls take some getting used to on both consoles, but especially in need of help on the 3ds. However, apparently the 3Ds version supports the circle pad pro, which could be very helpful with the camera controls as the demo was awful hard to orient. In this case, it almost seems a little extra cash will make the 3ds versions controls more enjoyable, but then the fact that it’s cheaper on the 3ds is rendered moot. On the Wii-U version, i believe the camera is oriented by the touchpad, but I get the two mixed up easily enough. Personal preference is your biggest factor here.

Multiplayer ability: This one made me completely reconsider purchasing the game for the 3ds. The 3ds version does NOT support online multiplayer, but the Wii-U version does. Seeing as the game is designed for a multiplayer experience, this kinda hurts, Capcom. 3Ds is capable of local multiplayer though, with the Wii-U version acting as the host.

In conclusion, I personally will probably hold out until I get a Wii-U and get that version, as I would really prefer to have online capabilities.

Just as a side note, you can transfer your data across the two versions just in-case you need to play on the go as well as at home.

What version are you looking at, if at all? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, James.

Pikachu Special Edition 3ds XL Coming to North America March 24th

So it seems that Nintendo has decided North America is worth more than three colors, and is sending the special edition pikachu 3ds XL our way March 24th.  Besides the over-mentioned nipples, there really isn’t much to say.  The yellow does make for a nice addition to the standard 3ds XL colors (red, blue, pink), however you would think that with the multitude of colors and specials editions in Japan they would give us a few more. Well, there is always future releases, such as Animal Crossing, but that’s a rumor I don’t want to indulge in or start.

It will retail for the same price as the XL’s that are already out there, however according to Joystiq, Target is advertising them at $169.99 for this week’s sale, which would make for a great deal.  The special edition does not come with a game, however if you purchase either Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity or Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon (Due to come out same day, March 24th), and register both the 3ds XL and one of those games on club Nintendo, you get a free download voucher.  The qualifying games you can purchase are: Super Mario 3d Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone, FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, and Star Fox 64 3D. A very nice incentive, Nintendo.

Here’s a look that you probably have already seen, but hey, I want to show it too:

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